McConnell tries to salvage Senate majority with court vote
Confirmation hearings are set to begin Monday for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee giving Republicans one last chance to salvage their Senate majority by wresting attention away from the White House and its COVID-19 response and onto the GOP’s longtime goal of fashioning a conservative court. Only two GOP senators balked at quick confirmation. This time, it's much about securing his own legacy reshaping the judiciary into what allies call the “McConnell Court” as giving his majority a landing pad after a tumultuous four years with Trump. Having already bent Senate rules to allow 51-vote threshold to advance Supreme Court nominees, rather than 60 as was tradition, McConnell is now poised to usher a third Trump justice to confirmation. “It’s not going to be remembered as the McConnell Court,” said Stevens.
Biden, Harris dodge questions about Supreme Court expansion
PHOENIX – There are few topics that Joe Biden isn't willing to opine on — except the Supreme Court. The debate is likely to intensify next week when Senate Republicans start confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett. The progressive movement clamoring for a larger Supreme Court also wants a single-payer health insurance system, tuition-free college for all Americans and a complete phase-out of fossil fuels. “They’re denying the American people the one shot they have, under constitutional law, to be able have their input” by electing a president, Biden said. As Judiciary chair in 1987, he presided over a hearing and vote that ended with conservative luminary Robert Bork being denied a Supreme Court seat.
Biden's push for unity faces test with Supreme Court fight
That central thesis of the Democratic presidential nominee's campaign is being severely tested by the battle over the future of the Supreme Court. Now some want Biden to add the warning that a Democratic majority and President Biden would expand the Supreme Court at their first opportunity. He was Senate Judiciary Chairman in 1987 when Democrats jettisoned a controversial Supreme Court nominee from President Ronald Reagan. Now, even as Senate Republicans seemed poised to fast-track a court confirmation, Congress remains unable to agree on another economic stabilization bill amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m going to be America’s president,” Biden insisted, “not a Democratic president.”
Not so hush-hush search: Trump airs thinking on court seat
WASHINGTON – Barack Obama spent hours reading legal briefs as he mulled candidates for the Supreme Court. President Donald Trump has a style all his own for selecting a nominee for the high court. He's flying by the seat of his pants with his frequent public deliberations on replacing Ginsburg, a process that’s moving at warp speed. Trump is holding little back, readily airing his thinking on the state of the deliberations. He settled on someone he knew well: Harriet Miers, a Texan who worked for Bush when he was governor and then as White House counsel.
Biden under pressure to unveil list of potential court picks
ATLANTA – Joe Biden is resisting calls from President Donald Trump and even some fellow Democrats to release his list of potential Supreme Court picks seven months after he pledged to name the first Black female justice. A Supreme Court nomination is certain to amplify those dynamics. He’s since nominated Justices Neil Gorsuch, who appeared on a preelection list in 2016, and Brett Kavanaugh, who appeared on a post-election list. There is some irony in Supreme Court politics being such a potentially prominent variable in Biden’s presidential hopes. Even a 5-4 Supreme Court majority deciding the 2000 presidential election in favor of Republican George W. Bush over Democrat Al Gore did little to shift campaign dynamics concerning the court.
The Ultimate Recovery: Cycles of pain anchor Biden's moment
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., pass each other as Harris moves tot the podium. Get up, was the motto of Joe Bidens father, Joe, Sr. Get up!___BIDEN, BEFOREIn the 1972 campaign, Joe Biden is a snapshot of a candidate rushing toward what seems an unbounded future. Bush's vice president, is backing Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, a fellow Hoosier. My beautiful boy.An excruciating moment is captured in a photograph from the funeral a week later., An honor guard carried the flag-draped casket past the grieving vice president.